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Michael Ward - Panel

Michael Ward won a piano scholarship to Trinity College before turning to acting and then actor photography. He came to prominence as a photographer for the Show Page in the Evening Standard for three years capturing the emerging talents of the era such as Maggie Smith, Barbara Windsor, Jill Ireland, Jackie Collins and Julie Christie.

Ward joined the Sunday Times in the mid 1960s, where, with Bryan Wharton he became one of the newspaper's star photographers, combining portraiture with news stories on major events such as the Naples earthquake, the 1968 Paris
riots and the 1974 Turkish-Cypriot war.

Michael Ward continued to contribute to the paper until 1994, latterly mainly focusing on coverage of the arts before more recently working on his unrivalled archive of negatives and producing a wide variety of exhibitions of his work staged throughout Britain. The National Portrait Gallery now own over fifty of his portraits spanning three decades and a fuller selection can be seen in the IT Gallery below this Gallery. Since 1976 he has been married to actress and dancer Elizabeth Seal.